Off Lake holds supper, variety show

Off Lake Evangelical Church held its annual fall supper and variety show fundraiser Sunday evening, with a packed house of about 90 people turning out.
The 90-minute show, which featured 18 acts on the program, was very well received by those on hand. It consisted of vocals, instrumentals, and a sing-song of favourite Gospel hymns and choruses led by emcee Greg Ferris and organist Marina Gerber.
Also included in the evening’s entertainment was poetry and an emotional story by Linda Steele on hope and the miracle behind it.
“Talent is great, but we are also here as well to praise the Lord and give him the glory,” Sonny Ferris had said before the program.
Greg Ferris, who by now is getting used to the emcee duties, introduced each participant.
“We see a lot of new faces tonight. This is good when everyone can share their talents,” he noted, before asking all to settle back and enjoy the entertainment to its fullest.
The variety show began with a band consisting of Rob Forbes (guitar), Donna Heyens (guitar), Marina Gerber (accordion), Luella Hoskins (guitar), and Sonny Ferris (banjo).
They played “Washed in the Blood,” “I’ll Fly Away,” “Power in the Blood,” “At Calvary,” and “Count Your Blessings,” concluding with “On Sunday I Am Happy” with the audience joining in.
The under 10 youngsters, The Discovery Club, performed in three selections, including “All Pull Together” and “Jesus Loves Me.”
Inga Scheibler then presented a reading before turning to the hymnal to sing the song along with the audience joining in.
Kayla Lauzon, accompanied by Marina Gerber on the piano, sang “Amazing Grace” and another number with tape accompaniment. She had sung Saturday evening in Stratton.
The Hand Bell Ringers, with Nancy directing, enthused the crowd, playing “Amazing Grace” and “My Jesus I Love Thee.”
Ruth Teeple shared a selection, as did L. Wilson. John Scheibler, with his hit-the-bottom-of-the-barrel bass voice, sang, “We Have a Story to Tell the Nations.” He referred this song to the tragic terrorist attacks in the United States on Sept. 11.
There is another way to fight back against terrorists besides war. Cowardly attacks will be justified another way—they’ll pay dearly.
A trio—Sandi and Chris Gallinger with Tanya Keeash—had two beautiful selections, including one entitled, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” Tami Forbes and Greg Ferris then teamed up in, “They’ll Know We are Christians.”
Then it was time for the Ferris grandchildren to take the stage, and with slide movements they sang “Under The Willow Tree (Where I want to be at Grandma and Grandpa Ferris’ farm).”
Sonny and Margaret Ferris, with their adult family, put together an interesting slide all taking place around that wide-branched willow tree.
Lisa Ferris, this time around, sang using tape music, “It is Life to Me.” This was followed by the Ferris family of Scott, Nancy, Brenda, Lisa, and Greg singing “If You Go In Jesus’ Name.”
The pastor was not stuck for words after watching the program, and thanked everyone sharing their talent. “It was an impressive program,” he said, then wished everyone a safe trip home after giving the benediction.